Change for gun ranges in Cumberland

June 18, 2013 4:29:19 AM PDT
Cumberland County homeowners who say they are tired of the sounds of gunfire got county leaders to change the rules for outdoor gun ranges.

Cumberland County commissioners decided Monday evening between two proposals for governing gun ranges in the county after a public hearing.

Supporters of change asked commissioners to approve a planning board recommendation that outdoor firing ranges follow federal safety standards, and be at least 30 acres, on property zoned for industry.

Opponents argued that wasn't safe enough. They wanted commissioners to OK a plan that requires gun ranges to be at least 200 acres.

In the end, commissioners approved a plan that, among other things, requires a gun range to be at least 200 acres and follow federal noise and safety guidelines.

Gun safety proponents say that will keep small gun clubs and private firing ranges from being able to expand.

The commissioners left the door open for tweaking the ordinance, saying they can come back next year and review the ordinance.

Right now, there are 14 existing outdoor ranges in Cumberland County. They can keep operating under the new ordinance, but they can't expand or move to another location.

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